has always returned, no? Your daughter may be little, but she is wise. She will eventually come back. So don fret over it, my dear. ” Claire patted her back lovingly.

”I hope she gets back soon, ” said Evelyn. She took a deep breath to dismiss her anxiousness and assure herself that her daughter was safe and would return soon. After all, children in the countryside were brought up differently, unlike those brought up in the cities. They were already way more mature than their age and could properly take care of themselves.

”Lets wait for a few minutes, okay? Its almost eight. My grandson went out on a little errand. Hell be back soon. Then we can go look for your daughter together, ” Claire said to Evelyn.

”Your grandson? Ah, Ive heard the news… So, he went out on an errand? ” asked Evelyn. ”But its so late. ”

”Yes. Well, I never intended to send him out, but my grandson, hes stubborn. I told him he should go tomorrow, but he insists on going alone tonight, saying Im old and should rest instead. ” Claire laughed, but her eyes carried a tint of sadness. ”I can stop him. Ever since he came here, all hes been doing is taking care of this small house and me. Hes an extremely mature kid. Though I suppose the accident might have something to do with it. He hasn been the same since then. He rarely even smiles or tells me anything anymore. ”

”It must be hard for him, coping with all those unfortunate events at such a young age. Isn he just eight? ”

”Yes, he is. ”

”So young. Hes around the same age as my daughter. ”

Claire sighed loudly. ”God is just too cruel, Evelyn. I wonder what Ive done in my past life to deserve this. I don understand why my son had to be taken away from me in such cruel way. Not just him, they took away my kind daughter-in-law too. ” Claire wiped off a few teardrops and continued, ”My poor grandson, he has no one but this old me to take care of him. There is not a day that goes by where I don worry about his future… It shouldve been me. If God wanted to take a life, He shouldve taken mine instead. I am the most useless one here. I should be the one to die, but no, my poor grandson just had to be the one to suffer. ” She gripped her chest tightly as tears spilled from her eyelids.

Evelyn watched Claire with sympathetic eyes. She couldn help but feel apologetic for disturbing her like this. She couldn even solve her own problems, yet she came asking for help from Claire, who was already suffering a lot more than she could ever imagine at the moment.

”We should look on the positive side, mama Claire. I believe everything has a reason. Fortunately, your grandson is alive. Hes very lucky, ” said Evelyn, trying to comfort Claire.

e right, my dear. You
e very right. This old womans brain is rotten now. Can think of anything good. I should be glad. Yes, I should. By the graces of God, my grandson is alive. ”

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